Mr. George W. Smith Jr., 91, passed away Saturday evening, Aug. 24, 2019, at his home in Greenwood. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Odd Fellows Cemetery, with the Rev. Glenn Seefeld officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Delta Funeral Home.
Mr. Smith was born to George W. and Minnie Brister Smith in Leflore County and had been a lifelong resident of the area. He graduated from Greenwood High School and played quarterback for Hinds Junior College, where they won two state championships. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and then worked for many years as bookkeeper for the Buckeye oil mill and later secretary-treasurer for Yazoo Valley Oil Mill. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Greenwood and was also a member of the American Legion Post 29 and the Odd Fellows Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter-in-law, Audrey Smith.
He is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Margaret Clarke “Margie” Smith; three daughters, Charlotte Mitchell (David) of Greenwood, Margaret “Sissy” Burnham (Pete) of Diamondhead and Linda Ahlberg (Ted) of San Antonio; two sons, George Smith III (Janis) of Oak Grove and Clarke Smith of Greenwood; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
His grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Legion Post 29 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
American Legion Post 29 will provide military honors.
Greenwood Delta Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook may be signed at www.greenwooddeltafh.com.